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“Ananda, those who, after my extinction, are themselves a lamp for themselves, rely on themselves, rely on nothing else, use the Dharma as a lamp, use the Dharma as their refuge, do not rely on any other dharma…”

Once the Blessed One was staying at Vesali, teaching the monks:

Ananda, be yourself a lamp, rely on yourself, rely on nothing else. Use the Dharma as a lamp, use the Dharma as a refuge, do not rely on anything else. What is it like, Ananda, for a monk to be himself a lamp, to rely on himself, to rely on nothing else, to use the Dhamma as a lamp, to use the Dhamma as a refuge, not to rely on like something else?

This Ananda, in the world, a monk, with respect to the body, contemplating the body, diligently, alert, mindful, subduing all cravings and sorrows in the world; for feelings… for mind… for dharmas, contemplation of dharmas, diligence, awareness, mindfulness, subduing all cravings and sorrows in the world. Thus, Ananda, a bhikkhu is a lamp to himself, relies on himself, relies on nothing else, uses the Dhamma as a lamp, uses the Dhamma as a refuge, does not rely on a single person. what else.

Ananda, those who, after my extinction, are themselves a lamp for themselves, rely on themselves, rely on nothing else, use the Dharma as a lamp, use the Dharma as a refuge, do not Depending on something else, such people, Ananda, are the best among my bhikkhus, if they are eager to learn.

The Tathagata has given us a lamp, the problem is to light our own life to break the darkness of ignorance.

(DTKVN, Truong Bo I, The Great Bat Nirvana Sutra [trích]VNCPHVN Publication, 1991, p.584)

Discussion:

Before the Buddha entered Nirvana, one of his last important instructions to his disciples was to rely on yourself, using the lamp of the Dharma to illuminate your life, not relying on anything. anything else. Therefore, each Buddhist in his spiritual career always remembers “Let’s light the torch by yourself”. Do not rely or rely on any external force. The process of transforming body and mind towards purity and happiness is due to one’s own efforts under the light of the lamp of the Dharma.

The World-Honored One’s teaching is so vast and massive, but the essence is still the practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The Blessed One also taught, “This is the only way leading to the attainment and abiding of Nirvana”. Contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and dharmas to conquer craving and sorrow in life is a fundamental and essential baggage to attain liberation. Regardless of any Buddhist practice or tradition, the content of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness is indispensable. For this reason, the Blessed One identified those who earnestly learn and practice the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as “the supreme among my bhikkhus”.

The lamp of the Dharma of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness is still being handed down, taught and practiced. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness is a practical practice, very flexible in application and has a very practical and profound therapeutic effect, transforming body and mind. The Tathagata has given us a lamp, the problem is to light our own life to break the darkness of ignorance.

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